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Happy Halloween! Here are the five best horror movies about technology

The best horror movies are reflections of a society’s collective anxieties. Sure, they may feature ghosts or zombies or other imaginary creatures. But whether it’s “28 Days Later”‘s post-apocalyptic military state which draws to mind 9/11, or the timely undertones of political corruption and mistrust in 1976’s “The Omen,” great scary movies are often as much about [...]

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Self-Stabilizing Boat

Velodyne Marine’s Martini 1.5 is a motorboat with an active suspension system which keeps its deck and cabin level as it skims across choppy waters, improving marine safety, and bringing sea-sickness to its knees. More at WIRED. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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Facebook’s nonsensical decision to support Tor-powered connections

Facebook has added an “experimental” feature allowing Tor users to connect directly to one of its data servers via an encrypted connection in order to remain anonymous. It’s not clear how long Facebook will support the connection, but the engineer who announced it says the mobile website will also be made more compatible with Tor, though he couldn’t [...]

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Yes, Apple Pay will disrupt in-store purchases — but its impact on in-app commerce may be even greater

The vast majority of the discussion surrounding Apple Pay has focused on brick-and-mortar commerce. This may be natural given that Apple’s merchant launch partners were Macy’s, McDonald’s, Walgreens, Staples, Disney, and several other major physical retailers. But while this new easy and secure payment method could very well disrupt the offline purchase experience, its biggest [...]

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Here’s one more reason not to use your iPhone’s fingerprint scanner

Need another reason not to secure your smartphone with a fingerprint? A Circuit Court judge has ruled that police can require suspects to unlock a device with their fingerprint, but may not with a passcode. When it comes to keeping information away from the police, at least, it may be better to rely on four numerical digits than [...]

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Autodesk take aim at the disappointment of 3D printing

Last September, Autodesk opened a large two-story workshop on Pier 9 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, a luxuriant facility with the indulgent goal of bringing its employees closer to the machines they were making software for. “People said, ‘A workshop? On the water? In downtown San Francisco? From Autodesk? Why?” Autodesk’s Vice President of Consumer Products [...]

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First Look staffers finally admit Omidyar massively interfered with editorial, say Taibbi accused of sexist bullying

Well this is absolutely remarkable. Just a few days after NY Magazine reported that Matt Taibbi was on the way out of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, Taibbi’s former colleagues have published what they claim is the inside story on his departure. In the post, the First Look staffers finally admit what Pando has been reporting [...]

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Nike’s new LeBron ad and the dangers of buying into the “Believeland” hype

Who is LeBron James? Is he a fresh-faced youth who, displaying maturity beyond his years, keeps his head and down and lives up to the hype? Is he a goofball whose nice-guy attitude is a relatable counterpoint to his terrifying on-court prowess? Is he a devil-may-care lord of darkness who simply doesn’t care what jilted Cleveland fans [...]

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Omidyar-funded candidate takes seat in new Ukraine parliament

Ukraine just held its first post-revolution parliamentary elections, and amid all of the oligarchs, EU enthusiasts, neo-Nazis, nepotism babies, and death squad commanders, there is one newly-elected parliamentarian’s name that stands out for her connection to Silicon Valley: Svitlana Zalishchuk, from the billionaire president’s Poroshenko Bloc party. Zalishchuk was given a choice spot on the president’s party list, [...]

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By speaking for just herself, Rachel Sklar speaks for all women

I guess it had to happen eventually. Rachel Sklar and I have not always seen eye-to-eye on how to talk about the challenges facing women in tech, and beyond. Today, however, Sklar wrote something about women that I completely agree with. Like nodding-at-every-word agree with. In an honest, thoughtful essay, posted today on Medium, Sklar shared with [...]

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Freaked out by artificial intelligence? Don’t watch the trailer to “Ex Machina”

One of the good things about living in a scarily disruptive era of unprecedented surveillance and technology is that it makes for great fodder for artists. From “Her” to “Black Mirror,” the past couple years have brought some terrifying and terrifically entertaining science fiction stories that speak volumes about today’s world. After all, with technological advancement [...]

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Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker

Microsoft has unveiled its response to the recent releases of smartwatches and fitness trackers. The sleek and simple Microsoft Band is powered by the new Microsoft Health software, and is compatible Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The band features standard fitness trackers for steps, calorie burn, sleep quality, heart rate and UV light, but Microsoft also has [...]

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HP’s Blended Reality Ecosystem Breaks Down Barriers Between the Physical and Digital

HP has explored the future of 3D printing using a brand new immersive dual-screen platform called “Sprout” and the “Multi Jet Fusion” printer. The latest technology is designed to blur the lines between the digital and physical worlds. The “Sprout” combines a fourth generation Intel i7 processor with a dual-screen interface and features an armature that [...]

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Microsoft Band

A slim smartwatch that tracks heart rate, steps, calories burned, UV exposure, sleep and has a guided workout. It also receives text messages and other notifications, and has a built in GPS. Works w/ Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $200 Continue Reading from the Source

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The MPAA bans Google Glass, but I’d rather share a theater with Glassholes than assholes

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have updated their policies to force theater-goers to turn off and put away “wearables” at show time. This means products like Google Glass, which have already been banned from some theaters on an individual basis, are no longer allowed to be worn in [...]

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The tech industry is turning health trackers into commodities before they even go mainstream

We’ve reached Peak Health. In the last few days, Google has released a fitness application that uses smartphone sensors to measure physical activity; Microsoft has announced its own health platform and fitness tracker; even Nintendo has revealed a device that “reads a user’s movement, heart rate, respiration and fatigue, and sends that data to servers to be analyzed,” [...]

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